Granting Special Wishes for Hospice Patients

151-13-27A hot-air balloon ride for an end-stage cancer patient. A video-gaming system for an isolated, homebound patient who had lost the ability to speak. One final Valentine’s date for an elderly married couple living together in a nursing home.

These three wishes all became a reality over the past year because of a special fund sponsored by the Memorial Medical Center Foundation that helps make wishes come true for hospice patients and their families.

The goal of hospice is to focus on quality of life for every patient. As a team, hospice works to enhance this quality of life physically, emotionally and spiritually. 

Much time is spent reflecting with patients and families about their memories, hopes and wishes. With the help of the Sharing Wishes Fund, we have been able to fulfill the wishes of many hospice patients,” said Elena Kezelis, executive director of the MMC Foundation.

On April 27, approximately 400 people attended the second annual Memorial Hospice Gala at the Crowne Plaza and helped raise nearly $17,000 in support of the Sharing Wishes Fund. Proceeds from the Gala and silent auction benefitted the Sharing Wishes Fund.

 “Whether it is a special family-and-friends gathering or a visit from a distant loved one, these donations will help make the wish of a hospice patient become a reality,” Kezelis said.

 Nearly$17,000 was raised at this year’s event. The video below provides an example of some of the heartwarming stories this money helps create.

To learn more about the Sharing Wishes fun, including how to donate, visit